Brendan Fleming Solicitors are contracted with the Legal Aid Agency and can provide Legal Aid, known as Public Funding, subject to eligibility.
In 2012, the Legal Aid system was reformed and saw the introduction of The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO).
The introduction of LASPO resulted in Legal Aid being removed for many cases where it had previously been available.
Legal Aid is available for Public Law proceedings e.g. care proceedings and adoption, subject to eligibility/availability.
Determining what services are now excluded is complex, but generally Legal Aid will not be available for private family law matters UNLESS there is proof of domestic abuse, unlawful child abduction, child abuse, forced marriage or where the child requires representation. In addition to this proof, there are strict rules on how much money and capital you can have to be eligible for Legal Aid.
Annette was brilliant, she talked through everything. She said that obviously divorces are very daunting and scary but Annette always talks things through and makes sure that I understood what was happening and has always been amazing throughout the process. I always felt fully updated and loved the fact that anything which didn’t make sense to me or which I didn’t understand was explained.
I was recommended to Annette at Brendan Fleming by a colleague as I was seeking an expert in legal divorce proceedings. Annette and her team provided an excellent service throughout the process. They were always responsive and pro-active but most importantly sensitive to my requirements and very practical and objective in their guidance and support. I would certainly recommend Annette and her firm to anybody seeking a professional and yet personal service.
Your company has helped me out so much and I’d come back again again and again. I am so grateful to everyone who has helped me out with my case…and I am so glad that Charley Kelly ain`t leaving cuz she is really good at her job
Without your support and fantastic knowledge into the care system etc and doing all the ‘behind the scenes’ work to fight for me and my children I wouldn’t be here in a better place. I’ll always be grateful to you and Mr Pearce.
Dawn, I can’t find the words to express how I feel about what you have done for my family. I can’t thank you enough. If only I knew than what I know now: that the most important thing is to have a good solicitor. And you are the best: I never would have got my boys back if it weren’t for you. I have learned so much in the short space of time in which you represented me. Thank you till the end of the numbers.
You have done so much for me and been there whenever I needed to speak. I have included a picture of my daughter which you can keep if you like as reminder of how happy you have made her mummy and how happy I am that I decided to go with your firm. Thank you so much, Dawn. There will never be enough I can do to repay you.
I get on really well with Dawn; she will help me whatever the problem. We meet up every week. Her work is brilliant: I feel so much more support than I did from my previous solicitors. I’d definitely recommend her for employee of the week; she is a great solicitor.
Dawn is absolutely fantastic. I would never have got so far without her and now I am really close to getting my daughter back. I would not be where I am now without Dawn and Brendan. Dawn works every hour God sends to help your case. I keep recommending them to other people in my situation. Keep up the good work!
Financial abuse will now be considered by the legal aid agency, examples of this need to be within 5 years of applying for Legal aid and could include:
The rules in relation to legal Aid are strict and complicated. You may be able to check if you are likely to qualify for Legal Aid by visiting the Legal Aid section at www.justive.gov.uk
If you think you may be eligible for Legal Aid, please contact us and confirm the area which you require legal advice.
Where a non-accidental injury is suspected, there are many issues that will need to be considered including the timing/age of the alleged injury, the degree of force needed to cause it, how such an injury can be caused (the mechanism), the presentation of the child and, most importantly, the differentiation between natural causes (medical conditions), accidental causes and non-accidental causes.
When an injury has been identified, either with no explanation or with an explanation that the doctors do not accept explains the injuries sustained, it is likely that social services will become involved for the protection of the child whilst investigations are ongoing and the Local Authority will start care proceedings. It is vital that parents seek legal advice from an experienced care solicitor who specialises in this field as soon as possible where non-accidental injury is suspected.
Some injuries to a child can show obvious signs whilst others are discovered upon further medical exploration. What is not always so obvious are the underlying reasons why the injury may have presented itself or the real circumstances which lie behind it.
A major part of our job as your solicitors is to listen to you and help you to provide the evidence needed to explore your side of the story. All too often professionals dealing with injuries to children jump to conclusions that the injury must have been caused non-accidentally if they are told that the injuries to not fit with the explanation provided.
That very often includes getting new and impartial professionals to review the evidence, photos, doctors reports and reports from social services to get all the data about what happened. Sometimes we even get totally new examinations done, where considered necessary and through the process of getting all that additional evidence we can often show a different story to what a parent is being accused of.
Brendan Fleming have been at the forefront of providing representation for non-accidental injury cases for a number of years. We have a specialist department consisting of Rebecca Ward and Zoe Brettle. The department is headed up by Rebecca Ward.
To find out more about the non-accidental department and the specialist work that we do, including some case studies, please refer to our dedicated website: http://nonaccidentalinjury.co.uk/
Should you require our assistance please contact us on 0121 683 5000 where we will be happy to assist.